Jaisalmer is probably the best Heritage city to explore. Everything around Jaisalmer is so beautiful and historical that you are going to fall in love with this city, once you start exploring. From incredibly designed yellow sandstone houses to historic monuments. Jaisalmer is beautiful whether you look at the city from the rooftop or you explore the streets leading to Patwa haveli, from the corner you will love this incredibly perfectly designed city.
Jaisalmer has a lot to explore, you probably need 3-4 Days to cover everything, while in the city you can visit many locations like Jaisalmer fort, gadisar lake, Patwon ki haveli or Hitting street. Out of these, I found patwon ki haveli is very fascinating and the first place to explore if you are starting your day in Jaisalmer.
Patwa Haveli or Patwon ki Haveli, located in the city center of the golden city of Jaisalmer, patwon ki haveli is one of the beautifully architectured and preserved havelis of Rajasthan. The word ”Patwa” here stands for those people, who are indulged with handicraft work, so as Ghuman Chand bapna, who was a famous merchant of silk and jewelers merchant around north India. Mr. Bapna built this haveli for his 5 sons. that’s why the Locals starts calling this haveli ”Patwon ki haveli”.
With the amazing craftsmanship of gateways and balconies, there is a total of 5 Havelis, all next to each other built by Ghuman Chand bapna, a famous jewelry merchant of his time. The construction for haveli was started in 1805, it took almost 50 years to complete this beautiful piece of architecture, 5 years for the first mansion to complete while the rest 4 mansions took another 45 years to completely construct. As of now, it’s the largest of this kind of haveli in Jaisalmer.
Likewise the rest of Jaisalmer, Patwa haveli also built with the local yellow sandstone, which gives this haveli a special golden glance. The arch of each gateway within the haveli has different features, which distinguishes each haveli uniquely. Every storey followed a certain style of the mirror and hand Artwork.
with over 60 balconies from where one can see the courtyard of the haveli complex, and also allow air supply into the haveli. The pillars and wings have been specially carved by the experts of that time, which gives this place a truly historic look.
it has been said by the locals that these balconies are made with an interlocking system if need these can be transported easily and there were planning to shift this haveli into America. But that time prime minister Indira Gandhi refused to allow to do so.
As of now, out of 5 haveli’s 2 of them are controlled by the government of India (ASI), While the rest 3 are private property. it’s sad to see that government-owned Haveli’s are abandoned and not very well maintained.
KOTHARI’S PATWA HAVELI
Out of all these havelis, the very first haveli which was sold to kothari family in 1965 to jeevan lal ji kothari is the first caretaker of this premium property, Now the first mansion is popular as kothari’s patwa haveli and even now Kothari family managed this property. Kothari haveli is very beautifully designed and very well maintained by the owners now. this is now a museum, visitors have to pay INR 100 for the entrance into the Haveli.
Kothari’s have preserved everything from that time very carefully, to understand the historic importance of this place. Inside the kothari palace, there is a ”sheesh mahal” its intricate mirrorwork everywhere around the walls and ceilings creating gleaming effects. there are chambers for the visitors and a specially designed drawing room for Important guests to sit. Big silver and gold-coated beds and many instruments from that time which helps people to make their livelihood simple. Apart from all these premium things, there is a room for jeevan lal kothari’s room which is the place where he used to sit and operate the mansion.
These haveli’s give the best panoramic view of Jaislamer, this was our best view of the day. we headed to the top of patwa haveli and then what we saw was magical.
After this view, Jaisalmer became my best city of Rajasthan, people are talking about Jaipur, Udaipur. but the real beauty of tradition and execution lies here in Jaisalmer. Just think of it who execute the plan to make this city look golden, approx. 98% of houses here are made of yellow sandstone, Credit to the local management and people of Jaisalmer to make this city most unique and beautiful.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Anytime is good to explore Jaisalmer, but try to plan your trip from September to February, when the weather is pleasant.
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